Understanding Triggers

Two main factors that affect hyperpigmentation are the sun and heat! So, wear an SPF during the day and stay COOL! Beware of overuse of products that contain hydroquinone. This ingredient is in many over-the-counter lightening products and has many controversies associated with it. Your skin is very smart and may develop resistance, or immunity and can even become darker with continued use of hydroquinone.

One thing to keep in mind with most pigmentation is our melanocytes are there for protection of the cell initially. We need this in order to help fight against the impact of UV rays. However, after that protection process has taken place you are now left with underlying damage and we see this in the form of pigmentation.

There are many triggers that may lead to pigmentation.  It is important to be aware of these when treating pigmentation.

Causes of Hyperpigmentation May Include

 PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation)
Birth Control Pills
Estrogen (HRT)
Pregnancy (Melasma)
Long-Term Sun Exposure
Razor Bumps
Severe Sunburn
Chemical Irritations
Abrasive Scrubs
Certain Prescription Medications
Chicken Pox
Insect Bites
Trauma to Skin
Surgical Procedures
Perfumes Sprayed on Sun-Exposed Areas